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Despite their backlog of outstanding fixtures, Corinthians ensured they started the defence of the Isle of Man Floodlit Cup with a 5-0 win over Colby.
This victory was inspired by their midfielder Anna Dillon (pictured) who continues to perform footballing alchemy, turning transitional, base-metal Corinthians into footballing gold by netting twice and being involved in a number of countless attacking moves. Sarah O'Reilly (2) and Steph Hall also netted for the Noble's Park outfit.
However, this match was marred by an unwarranted sending off of Colby's Lisa MacAuley-Quayle midway through the first half. The Colby midfielder was the recipient of some unpleasantries and witnessed a team mate being struck, saw red mist, and then a red card: a victim of footballing injustice.
With a southerly wind blowing across the astro-turf, the Whites took full advantage, penning Colby in their own half, Jade Burden driving a shot at Gale and then steering an effort just over the bar. Dillon then started her customary bursting runs from midfield, linking with the forwards on one occasion, working space on the left, but hit the side netting.
The three times IOMFA Womens's Player of the Year was involved in their opening goal on 17 minutes as her corner was not properly dealt with and broke to Sarah O'Reilly, who had time to line up and drive a long range shot into the back of the net.
Dillon would find the net herself five minutes later, her curling corner was met by Gale's up-stretched palm she but couldn't prevent it floating into the roof of the net.
Dillon's corners were causing all sorts of problems and was the source of Corinthians' third, causing panic in the southern defence, O'Reilly's shot was blocked and Hall reacted to head home.
Corinthians' fourth showed the excellent vision of O'Reilly who was found in space on the left around 30 yards from goal, where she saw Gale off her line and unleashed a dipping effort into the back of the net.
At the interval, Colby manager Dicky Gale had to rally round his battered troops after a first half that saw goalkeeper Monika Gale being clattered and Alice Leadbeater's lip split and they made promising openings from the restart - Sandra Glassey driving a shot wide and Leadbeater forcing a good save from Quirk.
But Dillon wrapped up proceedings as the match drew a close, netting their fifth. There appeared little danger when she was in possession halfway in the opposing half before embarking on a slalom run, weaving past two Colby players before coming face-to-face with Gale, driving the ball into the back of the net.
Peel made it two wins out of two with a 4-1 triumph over Ramsey. Emma Faulkner fired home a near identical brace into the bottom corner to make it 2-0 with Ramsey hitting back, Tara Slinger's through ball was collected by Emma Cottier who fired home an angled drive. Vanessa Roberts scored Peel's third with a 20-yard effort that flew into the roof of the net with Claudia Konig scoring their fourth via a neat finish.
In the only league fixture, Gymnasium brushed aside Michael Utd with a 7-0 scoreline. Dawn Quinn netted the first and she drove an effort into the roof of the net for their second. Rachel Beckley headed home the next when Elaine Wisemans' effort was cleared off the line with Kim Carney muscling off her marker to set up Beckley, who guided home an angled shot to make it 4-0. Wiseman netted from the penalty spot after Zoe Carney was scythed down before Carney would find the net herself, steering home a near post angled effort after collecting Nicky Dycher's pass. Zoe was also involved in their seventh, her cross was met by Quinn who headed into the back of the net.
(Report by Paul Hatton)
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